perforate

verb
per·​fo·​rate | \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt How to pronounce perforate (audio) \
perforated; perforating

Definition of perforate

transitive verb

1 : to make a hole through especially : to make a line of holes in to facilitate separation
2 : to pass through or into by or as if by making a hole

intransitive verb

: to penetrate a surface

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Other Words from perforate

perforate \ ˈpər-​f(ə-​)rət How to pronounce perforate (audio) , -​fə-​ˌrāt \ adjective
perforator \ ˈpər-​fə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce perforator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for perforate

Synonyms

bore, drill, hole, pierce, punch, puncture, riddle

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Examples of perforate in a Sentence

Cover the bowl with aluminum foil, and then use a fork to perforate the foil. he perforated the sheet with his pencil and put it in his binder

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Authorities say Ortiz was not the intended target in the shooting -- his friend, Sixto David Fernendez, was -- but the bullet still passed through his lower back and perforated his intestines and lower organs. Leah Asmelash And Andrea Diaz, CNN, "David Ortiz gets teary in his first interview since being shot," 14 Sep. 2019 The bullet passed through Ortiz, perforating his intestines and internal organs. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "David Ortiz has been released from the hospital after being shot in the Dominican Republic," 27 July 2019 The bullet passed through Ortiz, perforating his intestines and internal organs. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "David Ortiz has been released from the hospital after being shot in the Dominican Republic," 27 July 2019 The office says 25-year-old Irby and 13-year-old Salazar suffered perforating gunshot wounds to their chests, meaning the bullets completely passed through their bodies. NBC News, "Gilroy victims died of gunshot wounds to the chest and back, coroner says," 5 Aug. 2019 Salazar and Irby suffered what the coroner called perforating gunshot wounds to their chests, meaning the bullets completely passed through their bodies. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "Coroner: Gilroy shooting victims died of chest, back gunshot wounds," 5 Aug. 2019 Stephen Romero, 6, died of a perforating gunshot wound to the back, the coroner said. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Coroner: Gilroy shooting victims died of shots to the chest, back," 5 Aug. 2019 The bullet perforated his intestines and internal organs before hitting his friend Jhoel Lopez in the leg. Allen Kim, CNN, "David Ortiz calls his doctors, nurses and caregivers 'some of the best teammates I have ever had'," 29 July 2019 The bullet passed through Ortiz, perforating his intestines and internal organs. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "David Ortiz has been released from the hospital after being shot in the Dominican Republic," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of perforate

1538, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for perforate

Latin perforatus, past participle of perforare to bore through, from per- through + forare to bore — more at bore

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The first known use of perforate was in 1538

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More Definitions for perforate

perforate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of perforate

: to make a hole or a series of holes in (something)

perforate

verb
per·​fo·​rate | \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt How to pronounce perforate (audio) \
perforated; perforating

Kids Definition of perforate

: to make a hole or many holes through

perforate

verb
per·​fo·​rate | \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt How to pronounce perforate (audio) \
perforated; perforating

Medical Definition of perforate

transitive verb

1 : to make a hole through an ulcer perforates the duodenal wall
2 : to enter or extend through the nerve perforates the dura mater

intransitive verb

: to penetrate a surface the wound in the forearm was perforatingJournal of the American Medical Association

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